Amsterdam University Press

About Amsterdam University Press

Amsterdam University Press (AUP) is a leading publisher of academic books, journals and textbooks in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We strive to stimulate societal debate, forming a global source of inspiration and knowledge.

The key aim of AUP is to make information on current research and on socially relevant matters available to scholars, innovators, and the general public. Established in 1992, AUP achieves this with a paper and e-format publishing programme of high-quality, peer-reviewed academic books in English. AUP runs an additional publishing programme of textbooks for universities and higher education, journals and major reference works.

We connect authors with readers through an international network of distributors and partners, and offer sales and marketing with dedicated representatives in key markets across the world. Our authors working on cutting-edge research are from a global academic network, distinguishing our open, creative, and internationally orientated attitude in acquisitions, sales and marketing.

AUP's goal is to spread academic knowledge swiftly and effectively, in both the general and the academic markets. In addition, quality of content and a focus on the customer play key roles. More than fifteen highly qualified and experienced professionals work at AUP, providing authors, partners and customers with a dedicated and individual service.

Academic publications

AUP has more than twenty years of experience in providing customers with high-quality scholarly publications. AUP’s academic programme specialises in the humanities and social sciences, with established and growing lists in Asian Studies, Film, Media and Communication, History, Language and Linguistics, and Social and Political Sciences. In 2017 over 100 academic titles were published, constituting of both monographs and edited collections. This prolific output is a result of engaging with international academic communities of scholars and readers; with commissioning editors based in both Europe and the US, dedicated series editors in institutions across the world, and an international marketing strategy, AUP’s reach is truly global.

Educational publications

AUP focuses on the distribution of knowledge on timely issues that are of interest to students in higher education. Authors of these Dutch- and English-language books for the educational market combine academic depth with an accessible writing style, even when addressing complex subjects.


AUP makes its publishing expertise available to third parties, by advising on publication policy, editing texts, and arranging printing and typesetting for academic institutions and individual academics. For example, AUP works closely with partners such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Eye Filmmuseum, the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), and the University of Amsterdam.


Connecting authors with an international network, AUP’s publications appear both in print and digitally, and are sold in Asia, Australasia, Europe and North America through an extensive international network of agents and distributors. Important e-platform partners include JSTOR, De Gruyter, Ebrary/Proquest, and EBSCO. Distribution outside North America is handled by NBN International, and within North America and Canada through Baker & Taylor Publishing Services.

Open Access

AUP has long been a wholehearted supporter of Open Access publishing and releases many academic books and journals for Open Access directly after publication. To this end, it works closely with platforms such as OAPEN, JSTOR, De Gruyter, Ingenta and the Knowledge Unlatched initiative.

Practical information

Name: Amsterdam University Press BV
VAT number: 8014.24.276.B.01